With his latest film, Robin Hood, firmly finished, Ridley Scott has been discussing one of his many future projects with MTV. Fortunately, it's the future project that most of us seem to be interested in.
For Scott has been chatting about the planned Alien prequel, and has revealed for the first time that he wants to have the film ready for 2011, possibly 2012. And he's definitely pressing ahead with the project.
He told MTV, "As we speak, I've got a pile of pages next to me; it's like the fourth draft. It's a work in progress, but we're not dreaming it up anymore. We know what the story is. We're now actually trying to improve the three acts and make the characters better, build it up to something [we can shoot]. It's a work in progress, but we're actually making the film. There's no question about it, we're going to make the film."
He revealed that the new film is going to be set in 2085, around 30 years before Ellen Ripley. "It's fundamentally about going out to find out ‘who the hell was that Space Jockey? The guy who was sitting in the chair in the alien vehicle." Furthermore, while Weyland-Yutani isn't quite in existence yet, Weyland is, prior to its merger, and firmly in the terraforming business.
Scott also revealed that the main character in the new film will be female, and that he's to talk to H R Giger about the alien designs.
Of the Alien Vs Predator movies, Scott chipped in that "I know it's commerce, but what a pity. I think, therefore, I have to design - or redesign - earlier versions of what these elements are that led to the thing you finally see in "Alien", which is the thing that catapults out of the egg, the face-hugger."
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